Sportcraft Travel Trailer History I received an email from the son-in-law of the founder of the company: Hi, My 85 year old father-in-law was the founder of sportcraft trailers and then went on to build mobile homes. His name is Ray Allen. I would like to show him a couple of pictures of your restoration.… Continue reading Sportcraft
Scotsman Travel Trailer History Jack Watts was the owner of the original Jack’s trailer service and later Scotsman Industries in Gardena, California. He was a native of Oklahoma who lived in Palos Verdes, California. Manufacturer Information Jack’s Trailer Service, Gardena, CA Coffeyville, KS Years built At least from 1947 till 1973, possibly later. Models 14′… Continue reading Scotsman
Utopia The Utopia was built by the Utopia Coach Corp in Elkhart IN 1965-1969 Models Panoramic of various sizes Features Large “panoramic” front windows and trunk back – angular canned ham Brochure 1968 Utopia Brochure provided by Kelly Kline Videos/Picture No tags for this post.
Utopia The Utopia was built by Coach Corp in Elkart IN, the went out of business in the 70’s Models Panoramic with various lenths Brochure Here is a 1968 Utopia brochure – scanned by Kelly Kline Videos and Photos No tags for this post.
Santa Fe History Built in Sun Valley, California Years Built Mid 1950s to early 1970s Photos/Videos No tags for this post.
Roycraft Coach Company 1929 – 1960’s Founder Joseph Antoine Roy, a pioneer manufacturer of mobile homes, was the founder and former president of Roycraft Coach Co., the oldest continuous manufacturer of mobile homes in the United States. He began making trailers in 1929 in Detroit, and in 1935 moved his operations to Chesaning, Mich. During… Continue reading Roycraft
Robinhood by Cadet Coach Sold by Al Rose, “The Trailer King”, Triangle Trailer Sales (dealership) 10117 E. Garvey Boulevard, El Monte, California USA, GIlbert 8-98410 Manufacturer Information Cadet Coach Years built: 1960-? Models: Robinhood Interiors: Birchwood, sleeps 5 : table fold, double sofa bunk and upper canvas bunk Standard Features Propane stove (3burner) and oven,… Continue reading Robin Hood
REVCON Manufacturer Information First of all, what is a Revcon? After driving many of the typical motor homes built on truck chassis, John Hall knew that this was not the best way to build a motor home. In fact, it was a terrible way to build motor homes. The truck chassis rode too harshly over… Continue reading Revcon
Travco Travel Trailer History RAY FRANK FATHER OF THE MOTORHOME In 1958, Ray Frank, owner of a small trailer manufacturing company in Brown City, Michigan, a small town north of Detroit, on Michigan’s east coast, designed and built a small custom “house car”, as self-propelled RVs had been identified since they were first conceived about… Continue reading Travco
Red Dale Manufacturer Information Red Guthrie and Dale Martfeld began RV manufacturing in a building previously used as a chicken house. The first Recreational Vehicle they built was a fold-down camping trailer. Later they added camper tops for pick ups followed by slide-in pickup campers. As camping in RV’s increased in popularity they expanded and… Continue reading Red Dale
Rancho Established in Salt Lake City in 1958 by LeVern G. Miner Moved factory to Nephi, Utah in 1962 OBITUARY LeVern G. Miner of Shelley, Idaho, died June 26, 1996 at the age of 76, at Idaho Regional Med center, Idaho Falls, Idaho. He was born March 9, 1920 in Rupert, Idaho to Albert Leon… Continue reading Rancho El Rae
Bell Coaches Manufactured in Kalispell, Montana From 1960s-1970s Bell trailers were manufactured in Kalispell, Montana. They went under the name Bell Coaches. They were built in the 60’s – 70’s and were a victim of the gas shortages of the early 70’s. Owners We have a 1965 10’ Bell Coach and travel with it throughout… Continue reading Bell
Leisure Home Manufactured in Salt Lake City, Utah from 1955-1961 Models: Photos: 1959 Leisure Home No tags for this post.
Play-Mor History Unfortunately, the company suffered a fire and all information, serial numbers and pictures have been destroyed. At this time, they make modern “Toy Haulers”. Established in 1964, Play-Mor Trailers was started by Charles R. “Dick” Willibrand. It was his family’s love of the camping lifestyle that brought about Play-Mor’s beginning. Play-Mor continues to… Continue reading PlayMor
Phoenix Manufacturer Information Manufactured by Heckaman Manufacturing, Inc., Phoenix Division, Nappanee, Indiana 1960s Photos Clubs https://www.facebook.com/groups/580791085367220/ No tags for this post.
PENGUIN Manufacturer Information Penguin Industries, Inc 2508 Middlebury St. Elkhart, Indiana 46514 Box 1284 Years built At least 1969 1970 & 1971 ,other years unknown ( Info on this Page reprinted from 1970 Brochure ) Models Penguin 14′-6″ and 16′ FD (front dinette) and SD (side dinette) Models Width — All models 7′ * 16’Model… Continue reading Penguin
Pathfinder History Made by Pathfinder Mobilehome Inc in Spencer, Wisconsin starting 1953 to 1973 Named after Natty Bumppo, known as the Pathfinder. in “The Last of the Mohicans”. They used his likeness in early 1960 advertisements. Pathfinder produced canned ham trailer initially and then in 1966 they introduced a small bread loaf style model that… Continue reading Pathfinder
Palace 1934-early 1960s History In 1942 the Palace Corporation came out with a revolutionary new type of trailer (Palace Expando), one that expanded out on both sides. The model featured four rooms and a shower bath. The US Army purchased thousands of these models as base housing for the enlisted men and their families. This… Continue reading Palace
Owosso Coach Company Manufacturer Information Owosso Coach was located in Owosso, MI for all but a few months of its existence. According to the Owosso Argus Press: Owosso Coach Company began in 1939 in Carunna, MI as the Millcraft Products Company and moved to Owosso, MI that same year. In 1942 they relocated to their final address where they… Continue reading Owosso Coach Company
Nu-Wa Nu-Wa Campers, Inc. / Nu-Wa Industries, Inc. Located in Chanute, Kansas NuWa (pronounced “New Way” as in “New Way of Camping” coined circa 1965) 1966-2013 These guys did it all from trailers, fifth wheels, motorhomes and big park models. They built quality into every model. Models Hitchhiker Champagne Discover America Snowbird Premier Pictures Links… Continue reading Nu Wa
Northwest Coach El Monte, California Manufacturer Information Northwest made trailer and pickup campers. The trailers had low profiles and a winged logo in the front. In the mid-60s they started making the Little Dipper models. Years built 1961-1970 Models Little Dipper Dipper Deluxe Edition Pictures Clubs/Links Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/littledippertraveltrailers No tags for this post.
NORRIS History The NORRIS story begins in the 1950’s in Eastern Tennessee, where our entire operation still remains today. NORRIS was founded by the Gose family, whose members fished and trapped along the shores of Norris Lake, from which NORRIS was named. The Gose brothers both had successful businesses in woodworking. One brother worked in cabinets… Continue reading Norris
Oasis History Donhal, Inc in Bellflower, California Began in 1957 producing vacation trailers, plant expanded in 1958. President: Donald Herfter, Vice President: Dwight Avery Manufacturer Information Donhal Inc. Bellflower, CA 9113 E. Artesia Blvd. Bellflower, Calif. Torrey 6-8926 later at 10123 East Washington Bellflower, CA Years built 1957 to 1969 Models 27′ 25′ 21′ (2… Continue reading Oasis
Cougar Manufactured by M.G.M. Inc. located in Nampa, Idaho Years: 1960s Photos 1966 Cougar No tags for this post.
Nomad History Manufacturer Information Skyline’s Corporate Profile Skyline Corporation is one of America’s leading producers of manufactured housing and recreational vehicles. These products are built in plants located from coast to coast and marketed nationally through independent retailers. HISTORY Founded in 1951 in Elkhart, Indiana, Skyline initially produced the affordable housing units popularly known as… Continue reading Nomad
Silver Streak Travel Trailer History 1949-1997 Silver Streak Trailer Company – El Monte, California From 1946 to 1948, the Curtis Wright Company (not to be confused with the Curtiss-Wright aircraft company) produced trailer coaches. In 1949, the company sold the design rights to Silver Streak partners Kenny Neptune, James “Pat” Patterson, and Frank Polito. In… Continue reading Silver Streak
Serro Scotty Manufacturer Information Serro Scotty trailers were built from 1957 until April, 1997, when the plant in Irwin, Pennsylvania burned down. The plant later reopened in Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania, but never again to make travel trailers. Today, known as Mobile Concepts by Scotty, they manufacture fire safety “houses”. Due to their easy availability, low… Continue reading Serro Scotty
Metzendorf Manufacturer Information Metzendorf Trailer Manufacturing Company, Wes Farmington Ohio FYI a re-post: Not happy news, it is the obit. of the owner , BUT, I thought it would be of interest… Karl H. Gerlt 1919-2007 Western Reserve #507 Karl H. Gerlt WEST FARMINGTON — Karl H. Gerlt, 87, of West Farmington, died at 7:30… Continue reading Metzendorf
Mallard Manufacturer Information The Mallard trailer was manufactured in West Bend, Wisconsin. The Mallard Coach Corporation was founded in 1952 by Sylvester W. “Vesy” Hron and was located in West Bend, Wisconsin. Sylvester Hron was the majority shareholder and served as president from 1954 to 1969. Like many entrepreneurs Sylvester Hron founded and managed several… Continue reading Mallard
M System Trailer Coaches (by 1954 a division of the Mid States Corp.) Manufacturer Information Joesph Bonelli was the founder of the M-“System” corporation. In 1935 he organized the company. M-Systems were made in Vicksburg, Miss. F. L. Cappert bought the company from the Bonelli family and then Cappert went on to make Magnolia Moblie… Continue reading M System